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Argentina's Messi feted in India after World Cup football win

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated Argentina on winning the FIFA World Cup 2022, after the team came out victorious by defeating France in a pulsating penalty shootout.
PM Modi said the game will be remembered as one of the most 'thrilling' football matches ever and millions of Indian fans of Argentina and Messi will be rejoicing this victory.

PM Modi also congratulated France for their 'spirited' performance and delighting the fans with their skill and sportsmanship.
"Congratulations to France for a spirited performance at the #FIFAWorldCup! They also delighted Football fans with their skill and sportsmanship on the way to the finals. @EmmanuelMacron," he said in another tweet.

Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri also paid tribute to Lionel Messi after Argentina emerged victorious in the FIFA World Cup final against France on Sunday.

Argentina won the 2022 FIFA World Cup after defeating France 4-2 on penalties, following a 3-3 draw after extra time in the final at Lusail Stadium in Qatar.
The main time of match ended with a 2-2 draw, with both teams scoring in extra time to make it 3-3.
Argentina's star player Lionel Messi netted twice -- in the 23rd minute from the penalty spot and in the 109th minute from a goalmouth melee. His teammate, Angel Di Maria, scored 36 minutes into the match.
France's Kylian Mbappe scored twice in the 80th and 81st minutes. He completed his hat-trick in the 118th minute on the penalty.
Argentina eventually defeated France 4-2 on penalties, winning the World Cup for the third time.
Lionel Messi was awarded with the Golden Ball, a trophy given to the best player at the FIFA World Cup.
Mbappe secured the Golden Boot with eight goals, including a hat-trick in the final. But he ended up on the losing side.

(ANI)

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